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Stiles Switch BBQ to open in Cedar Park and more Central Texas news

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Austin Public Health says University of Texas return poses complicated situation for COVID-19 prevention

The University of Texas at Austin begins its fall semester Aug. 26.


Lakeway approves proposed maximum tax rate for fiscal year 2020-21

Lakeway City Council voted to approve a 3.5% maximum property tax rate—which would increase the rate to $0.1694 cents per $100 of assessed value—to help close the deficit in the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020-21.



To-go meal services resume at Lake Travis ISD and Eanes ISD campuses

Lake Travis ISD and Eanes ISD started the 2020-21 school year Aug. 19 with all students learning from home until at least Sept. 8 in accordance with Travis County orders.


Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen closes its Austin location

According to a statement made on the company’s Facebook page, business drastically declined due to the coronavirus and reduced operating capacity.


Top Travis County health official says schools should open at no more than 25% capacity in September

Dr. Mark Escott encouraged districts to exercise caution when it is time to reopen campuses.


Eanes ISD proposes 2020-21 tax rate, calls November voter-approval tax election

Facing a potential $2.994 million budget deficit for the 2020-21 school year, Eanes ISD will move forward with a tax rate election that, if passed, would generate an additional $3.3 million in funding without raising taxes.



Gov. Greg Abbott says he will freeze cities' abilities to increase property tax revenue if they cut police funding

Gov. Greg Abbott said he will freeze cities' abilities to increase property taxes at the current level just days after Austin City Council approved a budget that will cut police funding by one third and reinvest money in social services.


Nominees for Travis County Judge prepare to square off in November to replace Sarah Eckhardt

Andy Brown, who ran for Travis County judge in 2014, is the Democratic nominee, and Michael Lovins is the Republican nominee.


7 Cedar Park, Leander business updates and more Central Texas news

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How coronavirus guidelines have changed for Texas school districts since May

Since May 22, various authorities have released at least 11 major coronavirus guidelines related to school operations.



Central Texas Pain Center opens new Bee Cave clinic

The clinic will be led by Dr. Derrick Wansom, who will focus on providing care to patients along Hwy. 71 from Bee Cave to the Bastrop area.


Nothing Bundt Cakes opens in Georgetown and more Austin-area news

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Half of Leander ISD families opt for virtual learning and more top news from the Austin area

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Q&A: Mental health expert talks emotional well-being, building resiliency for the 2020-21 school year

According to Dr. Molly Lopez, director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, the upcoming school year will serve as an opportunity for students, families, teachers and school administrators to learn skills in coping, re-evaulate mental health protocols and build resiliency in challenging times.



TABC change opens window for some bars to qualify as restaurants under state pandemic orders

Following a new industry guideline recently distributed by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, more bars across the state may soon be able to qualify as restaurants.


Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria receives national recognition

The retail center was recognized by the retail industry publication “Chain Store Age” for creating both a safe and welcoming environment to welcome guests back to following COVID-19 closures, according to a press release.


Lake Travis-area municipalities see an uptick in sales tax revenue

Sales tax revenue appears to be holding steady for municipalities in the Lake Travis region, but cities in the Westlake area are still seeing double-digit declines amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Rollingwood extends timeline on first comprehensive plan

The city of Rollingwood—in the process of creating its first-ever comprehensive plan—has pushed back its completion date from September, according to City Administrator Amber Lewis.



Austin will send $460 million transportation bond to voters in November

The bond would fund include capital improvements to a number of projects, including the Longhorn Dam Bridge over Lady Bird Lake. The cost to the median Austin taxpayer would be about $77-$80 per year.


P. Terry's plans for S. Congress drive-thru and more Austin-area news

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Eanes ISD begins progress on diversity advisory group

Eanes ISD officials continued their attempt to promote racial awareness by agreeing to form a new community advisory group at the Aug. 11 trustees meeting.


AcroTex Gymnastics opens in the Bee Cave area

AcroTex Gymnastics opened a new location July 20 in The Village at Vail Divide.